A Grammar of Fongbe

A Grammar of Fongbe

by Claire Lefebvre, Anne-Marie Brousseau
     
 

This book is a reference grammar of Fongbe, a language which is part of the Gbe dialect cluster. It is spoken mainly in the former kingdom of Dahomey, which today comprises the southern areas of Benin and Togo. This book has three objectives: First,

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This book is a reference grammar of Fongbe, a language which is part of the Gbe dialect cluster. It is spoken mainly in the former kingdom of Dahomey, which today comprises the southern areas of Benin and Togo. This book has three objectives: First, its main purpose is to provide a thorough description of the grammar of Fongbe. Second, this book provides language-specific syntactic tests which were developed in the course of this research. Finally, we provide the reader with the most exhaustive list possible of references on Fongbe, and on the Gbe languages in general. This book thus attempts to represent a "state of the art" of the language itself, and of the analyses proposed to account for its particular constructions. This book is of particular interest to Africanists, scholars interested in comparative linguistics or in the reconstruction of language families, and creolists who work on the languages spoken in the Caribbean area.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110173604
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] Series
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of tables
1Introduction1
2Overview of the phonology15
Pt. IFunctional categories
3Functional categories involved in the nominal structure37
4Pronominal forms61
5Tense, mood and aspect85
6Functional categories involved in the structure of the clause113
7Clause structures143
Pt. IILexical categories
8Morphology183
9Compounds221
10Verbs235
11Prepositions and postpositions299
12Modifiers347
Pt. IIIThe major syntactic constructions of the language
13Serial verbs399
14The double object construction445
15The definite determiner in simple clauses481
16The so-called verb-doubling phenomena503
App. ISwadesh list533
App. II: Text539
App. IIIAdditional data on [actual symbol not reproducible] introducing complements of verbs of the SAY-class543
App. IVA sample of idiomatic verbal expressions547
References549
Indexe of authors573
Indexe of subjects577

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